Everyone knows about the Seven Wonders of the World, but have you heard about the Seven Natural Wonders of the World? These are seven sites that are created naturally and each have unique and breathtaking beauty. In order to be a natural wonder, experts from around the world looked at statistical and traditional significance, the uniqueness, and pure splendor of each nominated site. By establishing and creating the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, they are raising awareness and working on promoting and protecting natural wonders. I present to you the...
7 NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD:
1. Aurora Borealis(Northern Lights):
Words cannot describe the site that you will see if you actually get to experience this natural beauty. There are no specific or consistent measurements or these naturally occurring lights. They appear as glowing sheets or dancing waves. The sheer beauty is what makes it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If you want to see the all the beauty that the Northern Lights offer, you’ll need to go to the Northern Hemisphere during the months of March, April, September, and October. The artic islands of Canada are the best place to see them, although they are unpredictable.
2. Grand Canyon:
Located in Arizona, USA, it is 277 miles long, 4-18 miles wide, and over a mile deep. This enormous canyon was created by the Colorado River. The size and beautifully colored landscapes is what makes this one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It has spectacular views that can be seen a number of ways. The best way is to do a helicopter tour, but you can also hike, backpack, or go by mule. Once you reach the ground floor, you can white water raft through it. Although the canyon has some of the best views during the winter months, it’s dangerous to venture then and some of the roads to it get closed. Since you can’t really go in winter, the best time to see it would be to go in the summer. The Grand Canyon has over 5 million visitors each year, so make sure you plan and make reservations plenty of time ahead.
3. Paricutin Volcano:
Located in Michoacán, Mexico, this volcano is reported to be as high as 10,397 feet. It last erupted just over 60 years ago. The volcano reached 3⁄4 of its size within its first year and its birth was witnessed by mankind, which is what made it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In order to have the best experience with this volcano, take a horse or hike the 12 mile round trip. This allows you to see a variety of different views. The rainy season is from May through September, but it can be explored any time throughout the year.
4. Victoria Falls:
Located between the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is the largest waterfall in the world based on width and height. It is one mile wide and 360 feet high. Being the largest waterfall in the world as well as creating the largest single sheet of flowing water is what makes it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Zambezi River is the water the falls from it. The falls were named after the queen at the time of discovery but the locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “smoke that thunders.” There are two ways to get the best view of the falls. One is to take a helicopter or microlite. The other is to take a trail that will take you face to face with the top of the falls. The Zimbabwean side of the falls will allow you to see more of them. The best time for you to experience the falls are in June and July.
5. Great Barrier Reef:
Located along the north-eastern coast of Australia, they are the largest coral reef system in the world. It consists of over 2900 separate reefs, over 900 islands, stretches for over 1600 miles and can been seen from outer space. Because of all of this, it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The best way to experience the reef is to snorkel or scuba dive. You can go out on a boat or cruise for a day at a time or extended stays. You can also stay on some of the reef islands. Another way to see it is from a helicopter. It won’t be the up close view you’d see by snorkeling, but it will allow you to see the enormous size and beauty of it from the sky. Because of its tropical weather, there really isn’t a bad time to go and see it, although the rainy season is November through May. Over 2 million people visit each year, so like the Grand Canyon, plan and schedule way ahead of time.
6. Mount Everest:
Located in the Himalayan mountain range on the border between Nepal and Tibet, China. Being the highest mountain in the world and its sheer beauty is what makes it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The best way to see the mountain is to hike it. You can hike to the base of the mountain and get a pretty good view. You could also climb to the upper base camp, but it’s for more experienced hikers and requires a climbing permit, which cost $25,000. If you’re not much in to climbing, you can take a guided flight around it. The best time to visit is during the dry season in October and November.
7. Harbor of Rio de Janeiro:
Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it was created by an erosion from the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded by unique mountains and formations and is the largest bay in the world based on the volume of water. This is along with its natural beauty is what makes it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The best way to see it is by air. Helicopters are the most popular way to see it, but some opt for hang gliding. You can exercise, play sports, or lounge on the beaches of the harbor as well as visit some of the lookouts of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado and take a boat tour of the harbor and islands. September and October are the best months to visit. Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest and most popular cities in Brazil, so be prepared.
These seven wonders are extraordinary for many reasons. From their natural beauty to their impressive size, these products of nature can’t be ignored. If you ever get the chance to experience any of these magnificent wonders, make sure that you take a lot of pictures. However, don’t forget to watch and enjoy all the nature has created for you never know when you might get to experience something as
breathtaking as these sites again.